The fan favorite Ginebra Kings are languishing in the doldrums.
They just lost their fifth straight game.
Theyre averaging about 21 turnovers per game against 19 assists. That means they turn the ball over more than they actually find someone in good scoring position.
Their scoring has dipped from 104.0ppg in their first two games to just 80.4ppg in their last five matches.
Oh, and Dylan Ababou just went down with an ACL tear. Hes out for the better part of the next year.
His name is added to a sick bay list that already has Kerby Raymundo, Allein Maliksi, and Jayjay Helterband.
With all these curveballs going the Kings way, whod want to be Siot Tangquincen?
This isnt really meant to pick apart the reasons why the Kings are in a tailspin. They have a deep, if depleted, roster. Mark Caguioa is still there. LA Tenorios healthy. Rudy Hatfield, Willy Wilson, Mike Cortez, and Rico Maierhofer are all solid. Keith Jensen and Chris Ellis are two athletic young uns who should be match-up nightmares for anyone.
But theyre losing, and losing BAD. Three of their five losses have been double-digit defeats. Their second win of the season (against Rain or Shine last October 7) was a 4-point nail-biter.
Only the Batang Pier are worse, and thats not saying much. That might just be good news, however, as Ginebra faces the rookie franchise next. The Kings have a golden chance to redeem themselves in that game, but then they face a trifecta of terrors in Talk N Text, Alaska, and Rain or Shine.
The fan favorite Gin Kings are in the doldrums, and they might stay there a little longer.
Game Recaps: BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 95-94
Ronal Tubid made up for his booboo in a previous play and converted the go-ahead to lead Barako Bull to a pulsating 95-94 win over GlobaPort in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
After missing a point blank attempt, Tubid received a pass from a falling Sean Anthony after a wild scramble for the loose ball. The wingman from Iloilo hit an undergoal basket with 18.1 seconds left in the game to push Barako Bull.
I told Ronald before the scramble, instead of passing, step up to the plate. This is his game. Hes our No. 1 guy in the shooting guard position, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The Batang Pier had a chance to steal the game, but Josh Vanlangdingham missed a three-pointer as time expired. The Energy Colas snapped a three-game losing streak to push their win-loss mark to 3-5.
Medyo struggling ang team. Hopefully this win can prop up us especially Josh (Urbiztondo). We need Josh in our team, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The problem is we have to improve our offensive sets. We cant rely much on Rico (Villanueva) on the post because teams are scouting us. We need to inject some variations in our offense.
Tubid led the Energy Colas with 19 points, but almost turned into a goat after his late miss. Villanueva added 18 points while Mick Pennisi and Leo Najorda contributed 13 and 11, respectively, for Barako Bull.
GlobalPorts loss spoiled Mark Yees 20-point performance, one shy of matching the career-high he set two years ago. Willie Miller had 17 points in 43 minutes, but missed a crucial attempt before Tubids basket.
BAR 95- Tubid 19, Villanueva 18, Pennisi 13, Najorda 11, Anthony 9, Urbiztondo 9, Yap 9, Kramer 4, Alvarez 3, Ballesteros 0 GLO 94- Yee 20, Miller 17, Manuel 12, Deutchman 11, Lingganay 10, Vanlandingham 7, Vergara 7, Al-Hussaini 5, Antonio 3, Adducul 2, Mandani 0, Guevarra 0 QS: 22-18, 49-48, 77-74, 95-94
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 106-81
Rain or Shine caught Meralco on a bad night and posted an emphatic 106-81 win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters defense took the energy out of the Bolts early, allowing them to coast to the much-needed victory to join Alaska at second spot with a 5-2 win-loss mark.
One way to redeem ourselves coming off a loss (against Talk N Text) was to play our best game against the hottest team, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
But Im really surprised we beat them in the manner we beat them today. We just got our rhythm both on offense and defense and were able to run our breaks.
The 25-point margin was the teams most since its 113-83 demolition of Air 21 last March 16 in the Commissioners Cup.
Jireh Ibanes led all scorers with 23 points and was Guiaos main defensive weapon on Meralcos deadly backcourt of Mac Cardona and Sol Mercado.
Beau Belga added 16 points, Ryan Arana had 15, while JR Quinahan contributed 10 in a balanced attack for the Elasto Painters, who led by much as 33 points, 94-61, midway in the fourth.
Cardona finished with 20 but Mercado struggled with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field.
We were ready to play match up against their top three guards, Sol, Mac and Ronjay (Buenafe), said Guiao. We did not let them get their usual confidence and rhythm in their past four wins and I think thats the key.
Buenafe, a member of the Rain or Shine squad that won the Governors Cup last season, had a quiet 11-point output in his first game against his former team.
Meralco rookie Cliff Hodge had nine points, most of which were scored in garbage time, and 14 rebounds, 10 off the offensive end, but was plagued with foul trouble throughout the game. The Bolts record fell to 4-3.
SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 78-68
San Mig Coffee pulled off a masterful 78-68 win against undermanned Barangay Ginbera San Miguel to share the second spot with two other teams in the finale of a rare triple-header in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday before 19,718 fans at the jam-packed SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Coffee Mixers found the right mix early in the game, while the Gin Kings never found its rhythm to absorb their fifth straight defeat after starting the tournament with back-to-back wins.
The win shoved San Mig Coffee into a triple tie for the No. 2 position in the standings with Rain or Shine and the streaking Alaska with identical 5-2 win-loss records.
Joe Devance fired a game-high 18 points, including back-to-back three-pointers that helped the Mixers pull away. They erected their biggest lead at 73-51 with 7:30 remaining in the game.
Ginebra never had a serious run since.
James Yap added 14 points while Peter June Simon and Marc Pingris contributed 13 and 11, respectively, for San Mig Coffee.
We played a great defensive game plan. There were times that Ginebra could shoot us on the foot but they missed lay-ups. Their layups wont fall and it happens when you lose some games, said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
We did play good defensively, although [we got] a little sloppy in the fourth. But were sharp defensively.
Already without Kerby Raymudo (flu), Ginebra lost another player in Dylan Ababou in the first half due to a suspected torn ACL. Gin Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen did not utilize Jayjay Helterbrand (hamstring) and Allein Maliksi (ankle injury) who were also nursing injuries in the game.
It is Ginebras longest losing streak since dropping five straight in the elimination round of the 2009 Fiesta Conference.
Mark Caguioa led the Gin Kings with 16 points while LA Tenorio and Chris Ellis added 12 and 11, respectively.
The Gilas Cadets barely survived their last elims match-up against hosts Thailand in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup. Gilas had a lot of trouble against a very motivated home team, and they will get to play against each other again in the Final. Malaysia, meanwhile, fell short of beating rival Singapore in the day's first game. Scores and Recaps: Day 5 SINGAPORE over MALAYSIA, 61-55 - Malaysia was in control for much of this game until the Singporeans unfurled an 18-6 finishing kick to pul... [read more]
The Gilas Cadets barely survived their last elims match-up against hosts Thailand in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup. Gilas had a lot of trouble against a very motivated home team, and they will get to play against each other again in the Final. Malaysia, meanwhile, fell short of beating rival Singapore in the day's first game.
Scores and Recaps:
Day 5 SINGAPORE over MALAYSIA, 61-55 - Malaysia was in control for much of this game until the Singporeans unfurled an 18-6 finishing kick to pull the rug from under their foes. Leon Kwek finally broke out for the victors, scoring 15 points to lead Singapore, while John Ng added 11 markers. Delvin Goh also impressed with 9 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 steals. Malaysia, meanwhile, was paced by veteran center Yoong Jing Kwaan and Chee Kheun Ma, who scored 19 and 10 points respectively.
Line of the Game: Delvin Goh (SG) - 9pts, 15rebs, 3stls, 1ast, 4/8 FGs.
GILAS CADETS over THAILAND, 66-65 - Thailand gave the Filipinos all they could handle but ultimately succumbed to the Gilas Cadets. The game didn't have much bearing on the standings, however, as both teams will have a rematch for the tournament crown on Saturday. Gilas led by as many as 11 in this game, but the Thais' energy and outside shooting enabled them to stick with the perennial SEABA champions. The Cadets actually shot atrociously from long range, making just 3 of their 37 three-point tries. The frontline pair of Troy Rosario and Mac Belo led the way for the Pinoys with 20 and 18 points respectively, while Chitchai Ananti paced the home squad with 14 markers. Shooter Nakorn Jainasuk also did well with 12 points, while playmaker Bandit Lakhan dropped 10 off the pine. Thailand's star floor general Kannut Samerjai struggled big time, laying a big fat egg.
Line of the Game: Troy Rosario (PHL) - 18pts, 10rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk.
The Gilas Cadets remained unscathed in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup after blowing past Indonesia on Day 4. Host country Thailand also remained undefeated after making quick work of Singapore in the main game. Scores and Recaps: Day 4 GILAS CADETS over INDONESIA, 83-52 - FEU standouts RR Pogoy and Mike Tolomia led the Gilas Cadets as they cruised past Indonesia for their third win in as many games. Pogoy hit 2 triples en route to 12 points, while Tolomia recorded 7 assists on top of a do... [read more]
The Gilas Cadets remained unscathed in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup after blowing past Indonesia on Day 4. Host country Thailand also remained undefeated after making quick work of Singapore in the main game.
Scores and Recaps:
Day 4 GILAS CADETS over INDONESIA, 83-52 - FEU standouts RR Pogoy and Mike Tolomia led the Gilas Cadets as they cruised past Indonesia for their third win in as many games. Pogoy hit 2 triples en route to 12 points, while Tolomia recorded 7 assists on top of a dozen markers as well. UST star forward Kevin Ferrer also impressed, recording 10 points for the Filipinos, who tangle with very dangerous Thailand on Day 5. Surliyadin Surliyadin shot 6/15 from the floor to finish with 12 points to pace the Indons, who remained winless.
Line of the Game: Mike Tolomia (PHL) - 12pts, 3rebs, 7asts, 1stl, 1blk, 1 triple.
THAILAND over SINGAPORE, 80-28 - The hosts uncorked a statement game against the fancied Singaporeans. Thailand didn't waste anytime imposing their will on Singapore, leading by 21 after just one period and relentlessly continuing their attack till the final buzzer. Six Thai players scored 7 or more points, led by a dozen markers from sniper Nakorn Jainasuk. Young dynamic duo Theerawat Chanthachon and Kannut Semerjai also impressed with a combined 21 markers. Chantachon also hauled down 10 rebounds in a superb performance in the middle. No Singaporean scored more than 7 points.
Line of the Game: Nakorn Jainasuk (THA) - 12pts, 7rebs, 4stls, 4 triples.
The Gilas Cadets continued their winning ways in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup, outgunning Singapore on Day 3 even as Malaysia notched their first win at the expense of Indonesia. Scores and Recaps: Day 3 GILAS CADETS over SINGAPORE, 81-59 - The Filipinos built a double-digit lead early in the game and repulsed a late rally by Singapore to record their second win of the tournament. The backcourt trio of Jio Jalalon, Almond Vosotros, and Mike Tolomia torched the nets here, combining to sc... [read more]
The Gilas Cadets continued their winning ways in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup, outgunning Singapore on Day 3 even as Malaysia notched their first win at the expense of Indonesia.
Scores and Recaps:
Day 3 GILAS CADETS over SINGAPORE, 81-59 - The Filipinos built a double-digit lead early in the game and repulsed a late rally by Singapore to record their second win of the tournament. The backcourt trio of Jio Jalalon, Almond Vosotros, and Mike Tolomia torched the nets here, combining to score 43 points. The Philippine team also won the battle of the boards, 46-21, with Reymar Jose and Troy Rosario each grabbing 9 rebounds. Delvin Goh paced the Singaporeans with 17 points, while John Ng added a dozen markers.
Line of the Game: Jio Jalalon (PHL) - 17pts, 4rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 8/12 FGs.
MALAYSIA over INDONESIA, 74-49 - This game started tight, but the Malaysians broke out in the second period and coasted to the blowout win. Yi Hou Wong led the way for the victors with 24 points on 8/13 FG shooting, while Tian Yuan Kuek added 15 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Budding young star Ivan Yeo scored just 2 points, but he did rule the glass with a dozen caroms for the winners. Yerikho Tuasela, meanwhile, was the only Indon to score in double-figures with 17.
Line of the Game: Yi Hou Wong (MAS) - 24pts, 6rebs, 1stl, 8/13 FGs.
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